Friday, May 30, 2014
Had to happen. All good things must come to an end.
We are being slammed right into reality. Our first hint is when our breakfast is served buffet style. Oh no, say it isn’t so!
Our bags have been packed and the crew has already taken them to our shuttle. It really is time to disembark and leave our beloved Safari Explorer.
We have several hours to kill before our shuttle to the airport. UnCruise has provided us a lounge in the Baranoff Hotel in which to wait. We bum around town for a while and decide it is not really all that interesting. Back at the hotel, I start to catch up on blogging (yay, internet!)
Rich and I are getting hungry and we know we won’t be fed on the plane. Janet and Eric are flying First Class and will most likely be dining on champagne and caviar… Rich and I mosey back into town and end up at the famous Red Dog Saloon to split a burger and a beer. It is a pretty neat place and the piano player is great.
At 1:00pm the shuttle bus appears to take us to the airport. Several of our cruisemates are taking the same flight – we are easing into our separation. After a quick check in we go to the departure gate to await our flight. There is a girl there who proceeds to take her guitar out of its case and she and her companion begin to sing some whiny folk songs! I have never seen that happen in an airport. We are all shocked and frankly a bit annoyed at the unsolicited “concert.”
Rich figures out a solution to the caterwauling:
When it is time to board, Janet and Eric proceed us since they are in First Class and we are in “steerage.” We hope they enjoy the comfy seats, legroom, drinks and meals… The flight is only 2 hours and we are in Seattle before we know it. We must part ways with Janet and Eric at this point. It has been an awesome trip to spend with them – can’t think of anyone we would rather travel with. Thanks for inviting us to join you on your anniversary celebration!
Our car is still parked at the Super 8 (Park and Fly) so we have to wait for the shuttle. When we arrive at our vehicle we decide to do our luggage re-arranging in the parking lot so as not to make a spectacle at the Fairmont Hotel downtown.
Easy drive to the Fairmont and the Friday rush hour traffic has calmed down. The skyline looks really cool.
Check in at the Fairmont Olympic is a breeze – since we are using our Amex we are upgraded to an Executive suite, given a $100 food/beverage credit and also complimentary breakfast each morning. Such a deal.
Very shortly after we arrive in our room there is a message on our phone. We have a parcel! It is delivered right away to our room. When asked if we were expecting anything I said “no.” Rich says “yes!” He snatches the large box away and stores it on the high shelf in our closet. I think it is a happy for our anniversary tomorrow. Hmmm
It is already getting late so we take a brief tour of the facilities and then relax with a cocktail in the lobby lounge.
Tiredness has settled in and we really don’t even want to leave for dinner. One of the hotel’s restaurants – Shuckers Oyster Bar – looks to be just right.
There is a large blackboard with the fish that are available. The Copper River Salmon have arrived! They are only available for about 3 weeks and we know from buying them at home that they are delicious. We quickly decide to share a King Salmon, Seafood Bisque and 1/2 dozen assorted oysters.
Wow. We feel like we have just returned from a foreign country. It is difficult to leave Alaska behind, but we still have any more explorations on this trip in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.